This week we are "Looking Ahead" at our 2021 journey with Love! Love comes in many forms. It shows up in acts of kindness and the ways we take good care of our bodies. It shows up in the way we love our family or our pets. It shows up in how we treat others with respect and it shows up in how we love ourselves.
Each of us has this loving power. We can tap into it when we are having a bad day, or things don't seem to work out the way we thought they would.
We can also allow Love to be the foundation upon which we stand. We can live from this love as we journey forward in life. And, when we find ourselves at a crossroads, we can ask ourselves the question... What would Love do? Then listen for the most loving response, choose our path and keep moving forward.
"Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do." David Wilkerson
We know from our studies that God's Love is Unconditional, always present, always guiding, always supporting us no matter what. Period. When we are feeling the lack of love, that is actually a call to Love. Think of it as an opportunity to pause, take a deep breath and follow our heart. Only then can we make new choices, or shift our perspective so that we realign with our Inner Light. Building up a consistent experience of Self love is a way for us to stand in our personal power. Doing so allows us to give from the overflow impacting the lives of others and the world around us in a positive way.
“True self-love is not ego. True love is great humility. Love and compassion for others cannot exist until there is a goodly supply for self. How can you feel the love of God if you do not love yourself? Are they not one and the same thing?” Pat Rodegast & Judith Stanton – Emmanuel’s Book
There are so many ways we feel and express love. There is the love of doing something we really enjoy, like reading, art, playing music or games. There is the love we have for our friends. There is the love we have for humanity that pulls us forward to make a difference in the lives of others. Take some time this week looking ahead to the things you might want to do or experience this year. What loving kindness are you ready to engage in?
"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." CS Lewis
Below are several questions to guide you and your loved ones in a self exploration of looking ahead with love.
What are some of the ways you can express self love? What is one thing you can do for yourself when you are upset? What is something you can do for a loved one when they are having a rough day? What is an act of kindness you can do for a friend who is sad? Share an act of kindness someone has done for you? Do you feel the benefit of a selfless act of kindness? What is your experience of love from family, friends, classmates and God? Is there a difference? How would it feel to befriend someone who seems to be alone? How would this be considered a gift to you and that person? What would it be like if we lived in a world where everyone was loved and accepted for who they truly are?
"Our eyes are placed in front, because it's more important to look ahead, than to look back." Author unknown
Affirmations are a great tool to use to keep us focused and positive. They can be short or long and you can create your own!
"I am the ever-evolving living embodiment of Love." Rev. Sunday Cote
"I am on a journey of love." Adrienne Cherry
"I look ahead with love in my heart for myself and the world." Susan Robinson
"Gods love shines though my eyes, my smiles, my actions and my words." Unknown
This week you have a few choices for your mindfulness practices.